Football's 11 worst tackles of all time

Pedro Mendes, Ben Thatcher

A quick peek at our run-down of football's worst tackles is enough for most to recoil in horror – well, unless your name is Harald Schumacher

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11. Benjamin Massing on Claudio Caniggia

Cameroon vs Argentina, 1990 World Cup

Argentina'™s flying forward Claudio Caniggia was not to make it through the Italia '™90 clash with Cameroon.

At least that's what the Indomitable Lions must have been told in their pre-match brief. This particularly powerful body-check came after Caniggia's impressive 80-yard solo dash failed to be halted by an attempted block on the halfway line and another cynical Cameroonian lunge moments later.

Massing'™s effort ensured his team-mates' ambitions were fulfilled, however, as his rhino-like charge sent the Argentine – just regaining his footing from the last attempt on his life – slamming into the turf.

Amusingly, Massing then kicked out at an opponent blocking the route to his lost boot, before putting it back on in the vain hope that the ref would allow him to play on. He didn'™t.

10. Nigel de Jong on Xabi Alonso

Netherlands vs Spain, 2010

There's something about World Cup finals that brings the worst out in players. 

The Netherlands' hack-hapiness was eventually punished by karma in Johannesburg as Spain lifted the trophy, but not before Vicente del Bosque's boys had taken some serious punishment. Referee Howard Webb was forced to dish out a record 14 yellow cards in the final, which eclipsed the previous record of six set in 1986. 

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Johnny Heitinga was sent off, and Mark van Bommel's hatchet job was particularly memorable, but nothing epitomised the dirty Dutch quite like De Jong's studs-up karate kick to the chest of Xabi Alonso. Incredibly the former Manchester City enforcer escaped a red card, with Webb later admitting that his view was restricted. 

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